§ Mr. Heffer
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what action he is taking to assist small businesses on Merseyside, in view of their employment of large numbers of workers in an area of high unemployment.
§ Mr. Gregor Mackenzie
In common with other firms, small businesses in the Merseyside special development area engaged on qualifying activities are eligible for the full range of Government incentives that are available to safeguard existing, and to provide new, employment. They are also eligible for the free training services provided for firms in special development areas by the Manpower Services Commission, and they can call on the regional Small Firms Information Centre in Manchester to help them to find sources of advice and assistance on any business problem that may arise.